EUGENE, Ore. — The best-selling trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is known for its erotic love story. Now a Eugene publication is putting its own spin on the title to promote a Eugene City Council race.
Betty Taylor is running against Juan Carlos Valle in the Ward 2 race. Eugene Weekly chose the headline “Fifty Shades of Betty” to cover the story.
“It’s pop culture. It’s–everybody is talking about fifty shades of whatever, so we thought, oh let’s have some fun with it,” said Ted Taylor, Eugene Weekly Editor.
Ted Taylor says he came up with the title and actually wanted to call the article “Fifty Shades of Grey”, showing that age doesn’t slow you down. If you don’t know, Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic novel. The editor says he doesn’t think this crossed the line, maybe just pushing the line a little.
KEZI called Councilwoman Taylor, who had seen the cover but didn’t know about the books and didn’t really seem to take offense. She says she was pleased with the article.
KEZI also asked one resident picking up his copy Thursday what he thought.
“She’s a hometown hero so any title they want to give her it just only enhances her frankly,” said resident Scott Bartlett.
Betty Taylor’s opponent, Valle, however, told KEZI it seemed a little inappropriate but that if Betty was fine with it, that’s what mattered. And he says he’s looking forward to getting to the issues. You can catch the two canddiates in a forum Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Washington Park Recreation Center.